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Every time I bring up buildings permits on social media, I get some blowback. I can practically set my watch to it. I get comments like “but Mike, permits are just a cash grab,” and “my contractor said I didn’t need one for that,” and my personal ...
Mike Holmes Safety should come first when building a deck
Spring is here — and to me, that signals the start of deck season. As soon as the weather dips out of the freezing range, I’m pulling out my barbecue and making heavy use of my outdoor kitchen. To me, nothing tastes better than a ...
Colin and Justin: All hands on deck
Along with folk everywhere, we’ve been waiting, with bated breath, for outdoor dining to resume. With currently loosening restrictions, we’re hopeful the appetite for al fresco repast may just help the hospitality economy get back on its ...
Karl Lohnes: Flooring options offer style and durability
It used to be that the only family-friendly floor covering was a roll of vinyl flooring from the local hardware store. Options were often limited and styles became outdated very quickly. Although vinyl is still a great choice (having seen a ...
Homes: Mark and Ben Cullen: Plan before you plant
As a father-son team, we both tend to tear into things. We are not reckless, just action oriented. Indeed, spontaneity can be fun. However, action orientation has costs, particularly where vegetable growing is concerned. We have lost count of ...
Steve Maxwell: Generators for outdoor living
This summer will probably involve more outdoor time than usual for many of us, and this has a lot of folks looking to buy a generator for the first time. Camping, off-grid cottage living, RV trips, tailgate grilling, family gatherings involving video ...
Basil grows most easily in containers
Q . Every year I try to grow basil, my favourite herb, and every year I fail. Seeds I plant either fail to germinate or they produce plants that collapse or turn black. I’m willing to try again if you can offer any hope of success. A ...
Safety should come first when building a deck
Spring is here — and to me, that signals the start of deck season. As soon as the weather dips out of the freezing range, I’m pulling out my barbecue and making heavy use of my outdoor kitchen. To me, nothing tastes better than a steak that has ...
Growing Things Outdoors: All the dirt that's fit to print
The pandemic has been tough to weather, but some silver linings have emerged, such as a renewed interest in gardening. Some are getting back into gardening after an absence, but I’ve been receiving a lot of letters from younger people who have ...
I’ve been thinking about getting older lately. It’s going to be a few years before I hang up my tool belt for good — but I do catch myself thinking about what I want out of the next few years of my life every now and then. It’s no surprise that ...